THE MODERN DANCE GRADUATE CONCERT:
A COLLAGE, CORSAGE, ENTOURAGE, DECOUPAGE, GARBAGE AND MASSAGE
· The Graduate Concert, Department of Modern Dance
· Nov. 17-19 2011
· A diverse collage of seminal works by the Department’s MFA candidates
· Marriott Center for Dance, University of Utah
November, 7 2011-- The University of Utah Department of Modern Dance presents the Graduate Concert in the Hayes Christensen Theatre, opening November 17, 2011. “A Collage, Corsage, Entourage, Decoupage, Garbage and Massage” is a thought-provoking offering from the studios of MFA candidates Shih-Ya Peng, Wyn Pottratz, Abi Ririe, Kitty Sailer and Rachael Shaw. This eclectic showcase captures five choreographic and filmic stylings as different as the artists they represent.
Performances run November 17th at 5:30PM and November 18th and 19th at 7:30PM in the Hayes Christensen Theatre at the Marriott Center for Dance on the University of Utah Campus. U of U faculty and staff may purchase a special 2-for-1 ticket for Thursday night performances, and all performances are FREE to U of U students with valid UCard.
“La Vie” by Taiwan-born artist Shih-Ya Peng deals with the most intimate details of the human condition; the ebb and flow of tragedy and humor and all that lies in between. A piece driven by memory, sensation and the discovery of self-identity, it is Peng’s desire to find a greater understanding of what it means to experience life, deep within the heart.
Utah native Abi Ririe explores bodies composed of circuits and feet made of wheels in her work concerning the dynamic intersection of differences. Instead of being branded by dualities, this piece explores the possibility of having a uniquely formed identity which ranges and roves beyond expectations.
Dance artist Kitty Sailer will premiere a duet entitled "You will know the right time." This piece explores faith, frailty, and the permeable wall between audience and performer.
In her dance for camera work “Duet,” Rachael Shaw investigates the idea that transformation occurs in the moment of transition. Her dynamic work is a duet between dancer and camera, which transforms space and time through kinetic cuts and a sound score derived from the dancer's movement.
Following in the footsteps of Lar von Trier’s “The 5 Obstructions,” Washington-native Wyn Pottratz wonders if it is possible to produce evocative work by adhering to self-generated rules. Pottratz tests her theory of limitations in “Clear, White Nonsense,” a rambunctious, sentimental piece that intermingles live performance and Screendance.
Performed and produced in the Hayes Christensen Theatre at the Marriott Center for Dance on the University of Utah campus, The Graduate Concerts are known to push limits in their edgy, compelling programs. The show runs November 17th, 18th, and 19th. Visit www.kingtix.com <http://www.kingtix.com> for tickets or call 801-581-7100. Thursday shows begin at 5:30PM with a special 2-for-1-ticket offer for University of Utah faculty and staff. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7:30PM. Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for faculty, staff and non U of U students and free for U of U students under the Arts Pass Program. More info at www.finearts.utah.edu <http://www.finearts.utah.edu>
Public Relations Associate
College of Fine Arts, Dean’s Office